Rambo color grading

I watched “Rambo” on Blu-Ray tonight and I was delighted to see that their deleted scenes were in HD, and untouched: uncut to regular 16:9 and ungraded. So I could easily go back to the 2.35:1 version and graded in-movie footage, grab some snapshots with my Kodak digicam and compare. Most of the “Rambo” movie uses the blue grading theme that is in fashion at Hollywood in the last 5 years, although if you look closely you will see how the highlights were totally burned out during grading. I really like the ungraded versions, they are more natural, very close to what you would get from a consumer Canon camera like the HV20 when shot in PF24 with “CineMode” turned on and the “neutral” color setting.


Ungraded, as shot

Graded, in-movie


Ungraded, as shot

Graded, in-movie

This is how I would have graded this


Ungraded

Graded, in-movie

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Jim wrote on June 26th, 2008 at 9:30 AM PST:

Eugenia:
I was also a beta tester for Magic Bullet Looks for Vegas.
I obviously can’t speak for you, but my experience with this company has been great. I have been in contact with them for a few things and they have always taken care of me pronto. It is so refreshing to me to deal with a company that not only wants my business, but wants me taken care of after the sale.
In addition you often talk about the look and feel of using the software and I find this software very easy to use.I am also becoming more comfortable using the Vegas color correction tools. The biggest perception of fault with MBL has been in long rendering times, but I don’t notice anything exceptional there. Am interested in your read about MBL


Benjamin Reece wrote on June 26th, 2008 at 10:16 AM PST:

Eugenia,

I think this might be just personal preference- but as you know. I like the blacks “crushed” :). It makes the viewer focus on whats important, and adds to the “drama”- its not a documentary.

I love your insight and experiments. Keep it up!

Ben


Richard Smith wrote on June 26th, 2008 at 12:31 PM PST:

“I really like the ungraded versions, they are more natural, very close to what you would get from a consumer Canon camera like the HV20 when shot in PF24 with “CineMode” turned on and the “neutral” color setting.”

I’m glad you said that as I’ve found the same thing to be true. The HV20 out of the box using PF24 & cinemode does a very nice job of scene rendering; most attempts at ‘tweaking’ after the fact are to correct for sloppy shooting (in my experience) and for footage that is properly exposed (enough light and of one consistent color temp) grading is better done with a little or none. Most folks tend to over do it in attempt to be ‘artsy’.


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Eugenia wrote on June 26th, 2008 at 12:41 PM PST:

Indeed. Just make sure you also have the “neutral” color setting. The more dull the image, the better it color grades on post! 🙂


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